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  posted on 4/10/2008 at 01:00 PM
Has anyone ever read "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy ? I am currently half-way through it and I have to say it is one of the best books I have ever read. I am not a huge reader, but I cannot put it down. It's only 250 pages long and I highly recommend it.

No spoilers please, but I pray it does not have the same "WTF???" ending that "No Country For Old Men" did.

They are currently filiming the film version here around Pittsburgh and it stars Viggo Mortenson and Charlize Theron.

 

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Has anyone ever read "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy ? I am currently half-way through it and I have to say it is one of the best books I have ever read. I am not a huge reader, but I cannot put it down. It's only 250 pages long and I highly recommend it.

No spoilers please, but I pray it does not have the same "WTF???" ending that "No Country For Old Men" did.

They are currently filiming the film version here around Pittsburgh and it stars Viggo Mortenson and Charlize Theron.



Great book

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  posted on 4/10/2008 at 02:24 PM
Awesome book. One of the best I've ever read.

Seriously, though... Charlize Theron??

 

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  posted on 4/10/2008 at 02:30 PM
I read "The Road' just recently--loved it. Read it in one sitting; could not put it down. I'm not exaggerating when I say, I think it has become one of my favorite books;at the very least, it's one of the best books I've read in a while. The father and son relationship felt very real to me. Unconditional love does exist;even if it's only in these pages.
The ending was extremely moving. I read it over and over again--I bet you'll like it.

Any movie star sightings in Pittsburgh?

 

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  posted on 4/10/2008 at 02:33 PM
I may like it so much because I have a 1 1/2 year old son. I've been choked up a few times already.

No star sightings yet, but I'm trying to figure out the Charlize Theron role. It must be the wife, but she hardly had any time in the book (so far).

 

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  posted on 4/10/2008 at 02:35 PM
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Unconditional love does exist;even if it's only in these pages.

Yes it does, don't laugh but I'm married to the woman that has this unconditional love you speak of!

 

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Unconditional love does exist;even if it's only in these pages.

Yes it does, don't laugh but I'm married to the woman that has this unconditional love you speak of!


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  posted on 4/10/2008 at 04:21 PM
Extremely well written but I needed a Prozac IV after...

 

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  posted on 4/10/2008 at 05:02 PM
Thanks for the review; I have already bought it but have yet to start it; I'm reading Patty Boyd's autobiography right now. McCarthy is great, I read "No Country For Old Men" two years before the movie came out and loved it, although it was a little heavy on the philosophy, more so than the film. Another very good one by him which I recommend is "All The Pretty Horses", part of his Border Trilogy.

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  posted on 4/10/2008 at 06:03 PM
I was just wondering today.. What book shall I read.. Thanks.. I'll pick it up tomorrow..

 

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I was just wondering today.. What book shall I read.. Thanks.. I'll pick it up tomorrow..




Please do so and let me know what you think. If you start reading it today, I bet you're done with it by the end of the weekend.

 

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  posted on 4/11/2008 at 07:25 AM
So funny to read all these glowing reviews. I have not read it yet. My wife has read it though, and absolutely HATED it. I think that's what I'll read next!

 

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  posted on 4/11/2008 at 07:43 AM
Glad to see some talk about Cormac on here. He's been my favorite writer for years. I agree about needing Prozac after reading The Road. He's not even a sci fi writer and he came up with post apocalyptic visions even worse and seemingly more realistic than any other writer I know. It makes any Mad Max/Road Warrior scenarios look like a picnic. What's scary to me is why wouldn't people resort to what goes on in that book ? Call me a Cynic but I think he's right on the money ,unfortunatly. I agree with others on here that the message of the book is about the father's love for the son and how it's strong enough to endure unimaginable hardship by sheer will.

NCFOM and The Road are good but I think his best book is Blood Meridian. You'll never look at a western book or film quite the same after reading this one. It's one of only a handful of books in my life that I've read more than twice.

I also reccomend Outer Dark, Child of God, and Suttree. These three are kind of a southern "gothic" style. Outer Dark and Child of God are pretty disturbing and the characters in Suttree are incredible.

As far as the border trilogy goes, the 2nd book, the Crossing is the best one. I'm glad NCFOM was a good film. I know the ending bothered some people but that's how it went down in the book. Tommy Lee Jones was really the main character, not Josh Brolin. Also, the girl by the pool played a bigger role in the ending.

All the Pretty Horses was a bad movie but apparently Billy Bob Thorton got screwed by the studio. His cut was supposedly very true to the book but of course it got changed to crap.



 

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  posted on 4/11/2008 at 03:29 PM
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Thanks for the review; I have already bought it but have yet to start it; I'm reading Patty Boyd's autobiography right now. McCarthy is great, I read "No Country For Old Men" two years before the movie came out and loved it, although it was a little heavy on the philosophy, more so than the film. Another very good one by him which I recommend is "All The Pretty Horses", part of his Border Trilogy.


The Road is his best book of the 3 you mentioned above. I liked All The Pretty Horses more than No Country For Old Men which to, had many inconceivable plot twists. I just saw the movie and thought it characterized the book very well and the acting was excellent. The Road will make a phenomenal movie, hope it's done well. It's among my favorite books of all time if only for the writing style which is completely different than his other books and any book I've ever read.

 

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As far as the border trilogy goes, the 2nd book, the Crossing is the best one. I'm glad NCFOM was a good film. I know the ending bothered some people but that's how it went down in the book.


The ending was crucial for the overall message of the book, the existance and constance of pure evil in the world. It completely goes against the Holllywood requirement to make everyone feel good at the end, that good conquers evil when in fact, sometimes evil just wins. Need proof? GWB and DC.

 

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  posted on 4/16/2008 at 06:56 AM
I just finished this amazing book. Now I know why people say they had a hard time putting it down. It was one of the fastest reads ever and I can't wait to see the movie. This book truely moved me.

Do yourself a favor and check it out.

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  posted on 7/31/2008 at 08:00 PM
I'm reviving this thread 'cause I just finished this book. I can't recommend it. I know it's been praised, both here and by critics, but I can't recommend something that is 285 pages of depression followed by two pages of hope in the end, which is exactly what this book is. I finished it out of curiosity, but I have to say, a VERY tough read. A touching bond between father and son, yes, but my God, what a depressing novel! And I loved the other two novels I've read by Cormac McCarthy, "All The Pretty Horses" and "No Country For Old Men", which I read a couple of years before the movie came out.
I'm not giving up on McCarthy yet, the first two were SO good. "Blood Meridian" is next for me.

 

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I'm reviving this thread 'cause I just finished this book. I can't recommend it. I know it's been praised, both here and by critics, but I can't recommend something that is 285 pages of depression followed by two pages of hope in the end, which is exactly what this book is. I finished it out of curiosity, but I have to say, a VERY tough read. A touching bond between father and son, yes, but my God, what a depressing novel! And I loved the other two novels I've read by Cormac McCarthy, "All The Pretty Horses" and "No Country For Old Men", which I read a couple of years before the movie came out.
I'm not giving up on McCarthy yet, the first two were SO good. "Blood Meridian" is next for me.


I agree with Rob. I was bothered by the writing style.
Every paragraph ended with Okay almost. Okay?

I did like it and gave it to my wife who finished it in 4 days and said it was
the most depressin book she ever read. She only read it because I told her
Viggo plays the father in the film.

I'll give it a year and reread it but I wouldn't recommend it as something you
have to read. But it should be read at some point.

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I'm reviving this thread 'cause I just finished this book. I can't recommend it. I know it's been praised, both here and by critics, but I can't recommend something that is 285 pages of depression followed by two pages of hope in the end, which is exactly what this book is. I finished it out of curiosity, but I have to say, a VERY tough read. A touching bond between father and son, yes, but my God, what a depressing novel! And I loved the other two novels I've read by Cormac McCarthy, "All The Pretty Horses" and "No Country For Old Men", which I read a couple of years before the movie came out.
I'm not giving up on McCarthy yet, the first two were SO good. "Blood Meridian" is next for me.


I agree with Rob. I was bothered by the writing style.
Every paragraph ended with Okay almost. Okay?

I did like it and gave it to my wife who finished it in 4 days and said it was
the most depressin book she ever read. She only read it because I told her
Viggo plays the father in the film.

I'll give it a year and reread it but I wouldn't recommend it as something you
have to read. But it should be read at some point.

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Well it's good to know I am not alone in my feeling on this book I didn't finish it, I have no interest in how it ends , begins, or middle of it... I would not recommend it . It was very depressing.. I've read depressing stories before .. I think perhaps it was the style of writing I found so unappealing...

Oh well to each his/her own....

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  posted on 8/1/2008 at 09:18 AM
I liked the writing style and the imagery and the dynamics of the relationship. But I don't think I have ever been more depressed after reading a book.

 

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  posted on 8/1/2008 at 10:16 AM
Enterainment Weekly named it the #1 book of the last 25 years. It is an awesome and quick read and certainly one of the best books I have ever laid eyes upon.

Sure it's depressing (what do you expect in a post-apocalyptic word filled with gray ash and cannibals), but it's very exciting and always keeps you on the edge of your seat.

I can't wait for the movie which comes out this fall or winter.

 

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  posted on 8/1/2008 at 10:27 AM
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Enterainment Weekly named it the #1 book of the last 25 years. It is an awesome and quick read and certainly one of the best books I have ever laid eyes upon.

Sure it's depressing (what do you expect in a post-apocalyptic word filled with gray ash and cannibals), but it's very exciting and always keeps you on the edge of your seat.

I can't wait for the movie which comes out this fall or winter.


Exciting?!?

Did we read the same book?

To each his own, I guess ...

 

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Enterainment Weekly named it the #1 book of the last 25 years. It is an awesome and quick read and certainly one of the best books I have ever laid eyes upon.

Sure it's depressing (what do you expect in a post-apocalyptic word filled with gray ash and cannibals), but it's very exciting and always keeps you on the edge of your seat.

I can't wait for the movie which comes out this fall or winter.


Exciting?!?

Did we read the same book?

To each his own, I guess ...



Yeah, you never knew who or what was around the next corner, if they could find food or water, or if they were going to live or die. How much excitement do you want???

 

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  posted on 8/1/2008 at 10:45 AM
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  posted on 8/1/2008 at 03:19 PM
Depressing is not a word I would use to describe my experience while reading The Road. I was profoudly moved by the book, but I wasn't depressed by it. More than anything, the book is about love --unconditional love. And inexplicable hope and faith; the mysteries of the human heart. And how not even the horrors of this world can kill those things--not completely.

Cormac McCarthy dedicated the book to his young son. His son is around the same age as the boy in the novel.


I kept thnking of Jackson Browne's song, Before the Deluge, when I was reading The Road.

'Let the music keep our spirits high/let the buildings keep our children dry/let creation reveal its' secrets by and by...by and by/when the light that's lost within us reaches the sky"

 

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